A pluralistic approach to global poverty

Knight, C. (2008) A pluralistic approach to global poverty. Review of International Studies, 34(4), pp. 713-733. (doi: 10.1017/S0260210508008243)

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A large proportion of humankind today lives in avoidable poverty. This article examines whether affluent individuals and governments have moral duties to change this situation. It is maintained that an alternative to the familiar accounts of transdomestic distributive justice and personal ethics put forward by writers such as Peter Singer, John Rawls, and Thomas Pogge is required, since each of these accounts fails to reflect the full range of relevant considerations. A better account would give some weight to overall utility, the condition of the worst off, and individual responsibility. This approach provides robust support to global poverty alleviation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knight, Dr Carl
Authors: Knight, C.
Subjects:J Political Science > JC Political theory
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:Review of International Studies
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1469-9044
Published Online:08 September 2008
Copyright Holders:Copyright © British International Studies Association 2008
First Published:First published in Review of International Studies 34 (4) : 713-733
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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